On Base Events March 19th - March 24th

Monday, March 19th

Toddler Storytime 10:30: Toddler Storytime is a fun, FREE event for toddlers and their parents, full of stories, songs, puppets and crafts! Ages 24-36 months, no sign-up required. Rheinland-Pfalz Library Bldg 3810 Landstuhl

Magic the Gathering Group Tournament 15:30 - 16:30. Don't forget your lucky dice! Vogelweh Teen Center hosts a Magic the Gathering Group Tournament every Monday and Thursday after school for teens ages 13-18.

Parent & Child Pre Karate Tech Lessons 16:00 - 16:30. Parents get more involved in your child's development skills by promoting a healthy family lifestyle by introducing self confidence, self discipline and self defense skills in the Parent & Child Pre Karate Tech Class at the Vogelweh Community Center. First class is free and a monthly subscription is $55. This program is open to all ID card holders and for children ages 3-5. Contact the Vogelweh Community Center for more details and sign-up.

Magic the Gathering Game Night. 18:00 - 19:00. Join some friends and make some new ones at Ramstein Teen Center's Magic the Gathering Game Night. Teens ages 13-18 are welcome! Contact the Ramstein Teen Center for more details.

Tuesday, March 20th

Dads 101,  11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m Join Army Community Service (ACS) New Parent Support Program for Dads 101: A Crash Course for New Dads! Are you a new or expecting father who needs some tips or advice? Join us and get prepared. Topics include: Preparing you for fatherhood, surviving the first few weeks, caring for your new baby, ways to keep your baby safe and more! Taught by a dad, for dads! No Fee. Please register through ACS. Tel: +49 (0)611-143-541-9000 or Military DSN Tel: (314)541-9000

Climbing Movement: Foundations. 1730-1930, Outdoor Rec at the KMCC. Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my! Laybacks and tendons and flares, oh my! Climbing movement fundamentals can be intimidating to master and they take brains to learn effectively. Luckily, our instructors have the courage to help you in a two-hour skills-specific clinic format. Participants will learn methods to climb more efficiently, develop a warm up routine to help prevent injury, and learn to set goals that don’t require any wizardry to attain! All abilities and experience levels welcomed. There is always more to learn! Cost: $19 includes equipment, instruction & day pass. Ages: 12+ with parent

Chill Skills for Teens 1600-1800. Let Army Community Service (ACS) help your teen explore how to handle stress and anxiety! This free class is offered to teens with the intention of introducing healthy tools to minimize the effects of stress. In this class, teens will learn: What stress and anger are, the symptoms of stress and anger, healthy ways to express your feelings, how to feel calm in the face of everyday problems, and techniques to reduce and manage stress and anger. Class meets either at Sembach Youth center/ Landstuhl Youth center call for more information. No fee. Register with ACS. Tel: +49 (0)611-143-541-9000 or Military DSN Tel: (314)541-9000

Breastfeeding Support Group 13:00-14:30. Join Army Community Service (ACS) for a great opportunity to meet other moms, share breastfeeding experiences and other related topics, all while enjoying a comfortable atmosphere and great coffee at the Rheinland-Pfalz Library. Army Community Serivce - Geb. 3765, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center Landstuhl 66849.

Tots and Tales Story Time. 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Tots and Tales Storytime helps build a foundation for a lifelong love of books and reading for children, ages 12-24 months. It provides a fun atmosphere and safe environment for parent and child to bond and share time together at the library.  Free, but registration is required. Rheinland-Pfalz Library - Landstuhl Post Bldg. 3810.

Karate Tech Kickboxing. 12:00-13:00.  Lessons will be held at the VCC from 12:00-13:00. Kickboxing is a high endurance full body workout that increases stamina, flexibility, strength and confidence. First lesson is free! Contact VCC for more information. Open to ages 13 and up and to all skill levels.  First instruction is free. Monthly subscription is $55.

Teen Art Club 1630-1730 Vogelweh Library. Ramstein and Vogelweh Libraries present Monthly Teen Art Club on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at Vogelweh and the 4th Tuesday at Ramstein. Come to the library every month to do a structured art project. These projects are best suited for ages 12-18.

Wednesday, March 21st

Pre-School Storytime, 10:30 a.m.  Pre-school Story time helps build a foundation for a lifelong love of books and reading. It provides a fun atmosphere and safe environment for parent and child to bond and share time together at the library. Ages 3 and older. No sign-up required. Rheinland-Pfalz Library - Landstuhl Post Bldg. 381.

EFMP Music Group, 09:00 - 10:00. Ramstein Library is opening their doors early every Wednesday from 09:00-10:00 for EFMP families. You are invited to an interactive music group for children to explore their passion for music by using musical instruments to work on motor skills, dancing and reading to help stimulate growth and development.

EFMP Vogelweh Playgroup Social, 11:00 - 12:30. Every first and third Wednesday of every month, the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) hosts a free, interactive playgroup at Vogelweh Community Center. Give your child the opportunity to socialize with other children and meet with other parents from the community.

Storytime at the Vogelweh Library, 10:30 a.m. Join us for our weekly story time program at the Vogelweh Library every Wednesday to introduce your child to reading and language. There will be songs, rhymes, activities, crafts and stories! Best suited for Tots & Preschoolers!.

Parent and Child Pre Karate Tech. 16:00 - 16:30. Parents get more involved in your child's development skills by promoting a healthy family lifestyle by introducing self confidence, self discipline and self defense skills in our new Parent & Child Pre Karate Tech Class at the Vogelweh Community Center. First class is free and a monthly subscription is $55. This program is open to all ID card holders and for children ages 3-5. Contact the Vogelweh Community Center for more details and sign-up.

Mom2Mom KMC meets every Wednesday from 10-12 at the RAB Youth Center, building 428. Open to everyone who is breastfeeding friendly, dads and older kids too. We have local CLCs available to help with any breastfeeding questions, but it's also a mom social group.

Baby Bumps: Passport to Parenting 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Learn all about parenting in this 'Social and Learn' series for expecting parents with the New Parent Support Program (NPSP) through Army Community Service (ACS). This class meets the last two Wednesdays of each month. Join other expecting moms and dads to socialize and discuss various topics to include: Pregnancy, Labor & delivery, Newborn care, Life with a newborn, Your Growing Baby, Healthy Pregnancy, Relationships and Support, and other topics. Meet other parents-to-be! Open to all expecting parents. No pre-registration required. Tel: +49 (0)611-143-541-9000 or Military DSN Tel: (314)541-9000

Thursday, March 22nd

Mommy or Daddy & Me Lunch and Learn 11:00 Vogelweh Library.  Ages 3-10 years. Learn about healthy eating with a nutritionist! Please register at Vogelweh Library!

Wiggles & Giggles, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.,   Army Community Service (ACS) Family Advocacy Program (FAP) invites parents and their children (under age 5) to a fun and interactive playgroup designed for parents and children to learn, socialize and enjoy playtime. Join us, meet new people and get to know other families in the community. Landstuhl Youth Center - Landstuhl Regional Medical Center Bldg 93812 Landstuhl 66849.

Lapsit Storytime, 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Read, sing and dance during this FREE program! This is an engaging weekly event for infants and their parents. A great opportunity to introduce the basic building blocks of early literacy while establishing positive habits and routines in reading for babies (targeted ages of 0-12 months) and their parents. The library is the ideal environment for children to have fun and learn each week.  Registration is required. Sign up today! Tel: +49 (0)6371-86-7322. Rheinland-Pfalz Library - Landstuhl Post Bldg. 3810 Landstuhl 66849.

Story Time at Ramstein Library, 10:30 a.m. Join us for our weekly story time program at the Ramstein Library every Thursday to introduce your child to reading and language. There will be songs, rhymes, activities, crafts and stories. Best suited for Tots & Preschoolers!

Karate Tech 12:00-13:00.  Lessons will be held at the VCC from 12:00-13:00. Kickboxing is a high endurance full body workout that increases stamina, flexibility, strength and confidence. First lesson is free! Contact VCC for more information. Open to ages 13 and up and to all skill levels. Think your up to it Cost: First instruction is free. Monthly subscription is $55.

Teen Board Gaming. Ramstein Library. 15:15-17:15. Gather with friends and meet some new ones at the Ramstein Library's Teen Gaming. Open to teens ages 13-18, come hang out, play board games and cards. Look forward to seeing you there!

Magic the Gathering Group Tournament, Teen Center Vogelweh, 15:30-16:30.  Don't forget your lucky dice! Vogelweh Teen Center hosts a Magic the Gathering Group Tournament every Monday and Thursday after school from 15:30-16:30 for teens ages 13-18.

Weekly Drawing Class. Vogelweh Community Center. 1630-1730. Learn how to draw! Vogelweh library hosts a weekly class open to anyone age twelve or older. We will teach drawing skills from the ground up starting with simple still life arrangements before moving on to nature studies, landscapes, and portraits. Drawing from life is a helpful skill for anyone in fields as varied as industrial design to cartooning. It is also an essential skill for fine artists and painters. 
Please register at the Vogelweh Library circulation desk or contact us through the Ramstein & Vogelweh Facebook page. 

Lyricism 101, Vogelweh Teen Center, 1700-1800, Are you passionate in the area of creating music? Lyricism 101 is for you! Joining this club won't just build skills in literacy and musical collaboration, but in your performance and rhyme creation as well! Don't miss out on the amazing creative opportunity! Meetings are every Thursday at the Vogelweh Community Center from 17:00-18:00 for teens ages 13-18. Be sure to check out the quarterly Talent Shows as well!

Friday, March 23rd

Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt - Ramstein & Vogelweh. Friday, 23 March both Ramstein and Vogelweh Teen Centers are hosting their annual Flashlight Egg Hunt! Both facilities offer the same fun plan for the night, BBQ begins at 18:00 with the egg hunt beginning at sunset. Grab your friends, a flashlight and a bag for your loot and be on the lookout for the prize eggs! Open to ages 13-18. 

Alice in Wonderland 1700 Don't be late for an important date! Ramstein Community Center presents Alice in Wonderland. Fall into the rabbit hole and follow the adventures of Alice as she makes her way through wonderland. Tickets can be purchased in advance from the Ramstein Community Center. Premium seating: $10. Ages 13 & up: $7. Ages 5-12: $5

Family Climbing Day, Outdoor Rec KMCC, Climbing provides a fun and exciting way to get some exercise for the whole family! Climbing can begin at just two years of age, but belayers must be 16 years or older and complete our belay class. Belayer not required; we have automatic belay stations and bouldering as an option as well! Cost is $2 and covers the cost of equipment, instruction and day pass.

Afterschool Skate Session, 1500-1800, Crossroads Skating Rink Vogelwehl, Crossroads Skating Rink now offers After School Skate Sessions every Friday from 15:00-18:00. Join us for a fun atmosphere filled with music, fun and skating. 
Cost: $6 per skater (cost includes admission and rentals.)

Throwback 90's Family Skate Night 18:00 - 21:00. Roll on back to this blast from the past at Crossroads Skating Rink for family skate night! Roller skating, costume contests, games, and more! Cost includes: admission, skate rental, snacks, beverage, and a raffle ticket. 90's attire is encouraged! This event is open to ID holders and their invited guests.

Friday Night Magic, 1600-1800, Join your friends and tournaments playing volunteers at the new Youth Program's Magic the Gathering Club meeting every Friday from 16:00-18:00 in the Youth Programs Upstairs Lounge. In-house tournaments will be planned monthly with possibilities of card prizes for the winners. Future off-site trips for tournament play are in the making. Every Friday join the Club to not just learn the basics of game play, but develop new strategies to use against opponents as well as improve your deck building skills.

Saturday 24th, Sunday 25th

Alice in Wonderland Saturday 24th at 17:00 and Sunday 25th at 1300. Don't be late for an important date! Ramstein Community Center presents Alice in Wonderland. Fall into the rabbit hole and follow the adventures of Alice as she makes her way through wonderland. Tickets can be purchased in advance from the Ramstein Community Center. Premium seating: $10. Ages 13 & up: $7. Ages 5-12: $5

Child & Parent Cooking Class Saturday, March 24, 2018, 10:30, Community Center Ramstein
Jefferson Ave, Building 412 DSN 480-6600/7187 or CIV 06371-47-6600/7187 Do enjoy sharing the kitchen with your little ones or maybe they want more skills to help you out with meals? Don't miss out on this great night you can share with your child! Child and parent teams are invited sign-up at Ramstein Community Center to reserve their spot to meet up with others at Martina's Cooking School in Kaiserslautern to spend an evening cooking and eating together. Class begins at 1030 and with limited space available you should sign-up today! Sign-ups close a week before the event.

Hippity Hop Lane, Saturday, March 24, 2018, 13:00 - 15:00. Hop on over to Ramstein Community Center for your photos with the Easter Bunny! You can get printed photos with sleeve for $5 or $4 if you come with your own camera. Complimentary photo for families with deployed service members (orders needed).

Base Wide Egg Hunt - Ramstein and Vogelweh! It's that time of year again, Saturday, 24 March will be the annual Base Wide Egg Hunt at Donnelly Park on Ramstein and at the Youth Center Field on Vogelweh! Please see below for the age groups and correlating starting times for each. Bring your family and camera for great memories! Ages 0-2 at 10:30, Ages 3-4 at 10:30, Ages 5-8 at 11:00, Ages 9-12 at 11:30

Cosmic Bowling 17:00 Cosmic bowling every Saturday at Vogelweh Bowling Center
Price is $15 per lane for the first hour, and $10 per lane for each additional hour, shoes included, maximum 5 bowlers per lane! Single Game $3.50, shoes not included.


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Don't Miss the St. Wendeler Easter Market!

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St. Wendeler Ostermarkt

The St. Wendeler market is sure to please people from all over, of all ages.  There will be about 90 stalls with a wide selection of gifts and products from classic Easter decorations to sophisticated handicrafts. There will be a bunny village, a magnificent Easter crown, a giant Easter egg, special rabbit exhibit, cheerful hands-on program for the kids (crafts, painting, making music, face painting, crossbow shooting), a variety of delicious foods and beverages and more.  Don't miss this market!  Am Schloßplatz, 66606 Sankt Wendel.  The market is open daily from 1100-1900, Thursday March 15th through Sunday March 18th.  Business will be open also on Sunday from 1300-1800.https://tourismus.sankt-wendel.de/maerkte/ostermarkt//

Easter Market in Ingelheim am Rhein 

Come and take a stroll into spring at this Easter market in the Alte Markthalle.  They will have it beautifully decorated in spring flowers and offering cakes, waffles, wines, liquors, fruits and more.  This Easter market will have a large number of exhibitors offering products such as handmade pottery, jewelry, paintings, Easter decorations, hand painted porcelain, leather and wool products and candles.  There is also an opportunity for adults and children to create a cuddly toy with a local toy expert (for a small fee).  Sunday there will be a singing group from 1430-1530 for everyone to enjoy.  The market is held at Binger Str. 9-11, 55218 Ingelheim am Rhein (about 1 hr 8 min from RAB).  March 16-18th, Friday 1400-1900, Saturday and Sunday 1100-1900  www.ingelheimerweihnachtsmarkt.de

Easter Market in Oppenheim 

More than 25 artists and craftsmen will be offering goods for sale during this annual Osterkünstlermarkt in Oppenheim. In addition to typical Easter items and decoration, there will also be a variety of culinary delights, stone sculptures, knitwear, and much more.  There will be 30-minute tour of the Oppenheimer Kellerlabyrinth on both Saturday (1200-1700) and Sunday (1130-1700).  On Sunday, check out the vintage car exhibition which will take place on Mainzer Str. and Postplatz from 1000-1800.  The market in the exhibition hall and market square will run Saturday from 1300-1800 and Sunday 1100-1800.  Merianstraße 255276 Oppenheim www.stadt-oppenheim.de

Kaiserslautern's Spring Festival

Come out for Kaiserslautern's annual spring festival, "Lautern blüht auf" or Lautern blooms. There will be thousands of flowers, music, and actions awaiting visitors and encouraging you to stroll the market and enjoy the much anticipated arrival of spring.  The program will also have a petting zoo, bouncy castle, and face painting for the smallest visitors.  A car show, artisan offers and an Italian market complete the offer on this spring weekend. On Sunday, the retailers will participate with open shopping during the event. The festival takes place in the market square on Saturday, March 17th from 1000-1900 and Sunday, March 18th from 1300-1800 www.werbegemeinschaft-kl.de

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Easter market in Cochem 

Stroll along the Ostermarkt with it's numerous stalls and offers of Easter presents and decoration ideas while enjoying the scent of pretzels, crepes and pastries.   There will be large car show with current models of leading car brands which you can see, feel and test.  The car show will be at the Bockbrunnenplatz, directly between the Ostermarkt and the Cochem pedestrian zone in the city center.  For the kids there will be a nostalgic carousel, puppet show, creative workshop, visit with the Easter Bunny, and lots of sweets and treats.  Come out an enjoy the beautiful winding medieval streets, half timbered houses, and the first rays of springtime.  The market takes place March 17th from 1100-1700 and March 18th from 1300-1700.  Sunday shopping will be open until 1800.  On Sunday there will be a puppet show for the kids at 1230.  On both Saturday and Sunday from 1300-1600, there will be a creative kids workshop and from 1400-1700, children can visit with the Easter Bunny. www.cochem-tourist.de Endertplatz, im Gebäude der Tourist-Information, Josef-Steib-Platz, Carlfritz-Nicolay-Platz 56812 Cochem an der Mosel

Osterglockenmarkt in Bad Dürkheim


The Osterglockenmarkt, or Daffodil market,  in Bad Dürkheim will take place again this year.  You can expect about 80 vendors offering a variety of goods.  Easter decorations and gift items are the focus of the market, and you will find stalls filled with ceramics, jewlery, wicker and sandstone work, culinary specialties and more.  There will also the best in local wines and sect, available take home also to sample.  Innenstadt, 67098 Bad Dürkheim Sunday, March 18th from 1100-1800.


Easter & Spring Markets Have Begun!

Trier Easter Market


Trier, Germany's oldest city, will hold it's annual Easter market for four days, beginning this Thursday, March 8th through Sunday, March 11th. The market will take place in the festive heart of the city, where vendors will sell a variety of goods including Easter products and handicrafts, delicious spring and Easter specialties, fine wines and brandies, and more.  The surrounding businesses will also be open on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. The market runs from 03.08-03.11 in the main market square, 54290 Trier.  Market hours are Thursday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 19:30 and Sunday from 13:00-18:00. Hauptmarkt, 54290 Trier. For more information www.treffpunkt-trier.de. 

March Market & Parade


Take the kids to Grünstadt for this annual March market.  It will look like the typical city fair with bumper cars, fairy-tale carousel, children's carnival rides, shooting range, bungee trampoline and other attractions.  This amusement park for the kids will take place on  Luitpoldplatz, and on the Schillerplatz, you will find the market with a range of goods for sale. Shops will open up on Sunday, March 11th from from 13:00-18:00. On Sunday, there will be a parade with the theme, "Four times of year - Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter" which will begin at 1230 and end with a winter bonfire at the firestation.  The market runs from Friday the 9th through Monday the 12th.   Luitpoldplatz, Schillerplatz, 67269 Grünstadt.  www.gruenstadt.de

Hansel-Fingerhut-Fest in Forst on the Wine Route 

Check out this very unique fest they have in Forst an der Weinstraße.  I've attached a video for further clarification.  This is a fest that goes back almost 300 years and it's focus is on expelling winter.  There is a "fool-figure" named Hansel-Fingerhut who accompanies the fight between summer and winter.  There will be large large cones made of ivy or straw, containing a man in each, which will represent summer and winter.   They battle and in the end, summer should prevail and drive out winter.  This will be a spectacle to see.  There is also a large bonfire that takes place, coffee, cakes and snacks for spectators, and a merry-go-round for the kids.  Check this out Sunday for a unique experience.  Sunday, March 11th, 14:00-16:00, Ziel Christoph Traberger Halle 67147 Forst an der Weinstraße. www.forst-pfalz.de  


Easter market in Niederkirchen

For the 24th time, the Easter market in Niederkirchen will take place.  This event will be indoors in the Westpfalzhalle and have many vendors selling a variety of goods such as unique Easter items made from a variety of materials, baby and children's clothing, and many hand made items.  You can also take a chance at the raffle and enjoy some cake and coffee.  The event will run from 10:00-15:00 on Sunday, March 11th in the Westpfalzhalle, 67700 Niederkirchen.  Entrance is 1 Euro, free for kids under 14 years of age.



Spring has Sprung?

Easter Egg show in Kaiserslautern-Siegelbach


Bring the kids out to the annual Easter Egg show in Siegelbach where 20 artists will be showcasing their egg inspired works of art.    You will find the artists have dyed and created beautiful Easter eggs using both traditional and modern techniques.  These items will be available for sale and make great mementos and/or gifts.  Adults and children are also encouraged to create and dye their own Easter eggs using all natural dyes provided at the event.  Visit the cafeteria, which will be decorated in beautiful spring flowers, and enjoy some coffee and home-made cakes and desserts.  Entrance fee is 1 Euro for adults and free for children.

Saturday March 3rd and Sunday March 4th from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm. Westpfalz Werkstätten Siegelbach, Sauerwiesen 18 


Spring Sunday

 The snow drop flower is seen all over Germany and typically blooms before Spring begins.  

The snow drop flower is seen all over Germany and typically blooms before Spring begins.  

Although Spring doesn't officially start until the end of March, Germany is getting into the spirit early!  Head to Alzey, about 40 minutes from RAB, for the afternoon and enjoy some spring festivities. From 1 pm to 6 pm, the Alzeyer shops open their doors and invite guests with some lively spring and summer fashions and "clever actions".  They will transform the shopping street into a sea of flowers.  There will be lots of great offers and promotions, action on the streets for both adults and kids, music, and delicious food.  

Sunday, March 4th. Innenstadt 55232 Alzey

Kandel Easter Market

Come out this Saturday and Sunday, March 3rd and 4th, for one of the first Easter markets in the area.  The theme of this Ostereiermarkt is "Alles run um's Ei", or everything around the egg.  Around 35 exhibitors from Germany and abroad will offer their creative works of art using eggs from chicken, quail, ostrich, goose, duck, swan and crane.  There will be beautifully painted and decorated eggs with bright colors, pearls, gold, rhinestones and more, created using different artistic techniques.  There will also be snacks, coffee and cakes offered for visitors. Free admission. March 3rd and 4th from 11:00 to 18:00. Bienwaldhalle, Schubertstraße, 76870 Kandel.  www.vg-kandel.de 


Sommertagsumzug...Summer Day Parade!

 Hassloch procession Photo by: Werner Maischein

Hassloch procession Photo by: Werner Maischein

Head to Hassloch this Sunday, March 4th, for their traditional Spring parade to bid winter farewell!  This Spring parade is one of the largest in the region and will have multiple floats, participants in costume, or other great surprises for spectators.  The parade will travel about 2 kilometers over a 2 hour period.  At the end of the procession, there will be a large fire lit in the spirit of "burning down winter".  There will also be music and entertainment into the evening hours.

There will be a coronation of the princess at  13:45 at the fire station.  The Festumzug, or parade, will then begin at 14:00.  The event starts at Schillerstrasse, 67454 Hassloch.  www.hassloch.de






Monte Mare - Escape this freezing weather!

Kinder Paradise!

This is by far my favorite pool in the Ktown area.  Not only is it nicely laid out with lots of water features and fun for the kids...it's WARM!  Like, really warm.  Almost bathwater warm.  The air temperature is kept at a nice temperature also, so you aren't freezing while you lounge on a pool chair and the kids take run after run down the awesome water slides.  

This pool has two excellent water slides.  One is the "black hole" and it's completely pitch black at parts, which is pretty exciting for us big kids too.  The other is called the "Turbo-Reifenrutsche" which is a high speed inner tube slide.  Both of the slides are also kept at a nice warm temperature.  You will need to haul the inner tubes up a few flights of stairs, but they have smaller, lighter ones for the kids.  

The baby pool is also nice and warm for the littlest guests and they will enjoy all the bright colors and water features.  This pool is separate from the larger pools, so the kids can feel comfortable without the bigger kids splashing about.

Besides the main swimming area and the water slides, there is also a lazy river, whirlpool, and outdoor pool.  While we were there, the main pool turned into a wave pool, once every hour.  The kids really loved floating amongst the waves and getting splashed when they broke by the pool shore. There is plenty of seating on both the first and second level.  In another section of the pool is a sport pool with diving boards.  

As far as pricing, they have a family day card for 19.90 Euros.  This pays for the entire day access for 2 parents and unlimited kids, making this an awesome option if you've got a large family.  They also offer reasonably priced food options such as hamburgers, sausages, and other German fare plus coffee and a selection of drinks or you can bring in your own.  You will get a chip when you pay at the entrance which you use to open your locker.  The chip will then remain in the wristband and you will use this to purchase any food or beverages, so you can leave your wallet locked up.  Parking is easy and there are tons of large spaces.  

Mailänder Straße 6, 67657 Kaiserslautern.  They are open every day at 10:00 a.m. and until 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.




Head to the Forest!


A Farwell to Winter!



Come out this Saturday to enjoy a warm mug of Gluhwein, a beautiful fire and wish the winter farewell.  The Fritz-Claus-Hutte will be having it's winter festival again this year, and it begins at 12:00 and is open to all.  This cozy hut in the middle of the Palatinate Forest will offer Gluhwein and goulash outside and sweet waffles and other foods and beverages inside.   The event starts at 12:00 and the fire will be lit at dusk.  There will also be a bazaar on site to purchase handmade goods. Fritz-Claus-Hütte Martinshöhe Langwieder Straße, 66894 Martinshöhe

Annual Torch Hike!

This Saturday, the Humberg Tower Association will hold it's annual torchlight hike.  This is a very unique and fun experience for young and old.  This 425-meter tower was constructed in the late 1800s and provides an incredible panoramic view of the forest and city. 

 Humberg Tower

Humberg Tower

Meet at the Bremehof restaurant at 6:00 p.m. to purchase a torch for the hike.  From the restaurant, the hike will wind through the forest to the great Humberg Tower.  Once you reach the tower you can enjoy music, food and beverages,  and fire dancers!  Bremerhof 1, 67663 Kaiserslautern


This Sunday is the final day to head to Luisenpark in Mannheim to see the winter lights.  

This Saturday, January 20th, Luisenpark in Mannheim will begin it's 4th annual Winter Lights festival.  If you already love this park, or have never been, don't miss this wonderful opportunity to check out one of the most beautiful parks in Germany as it glitters and glows.  The treetops will shine and the grounds will sparkle with thousands of small light crystals.  

The kids will really enjoy taking the light route through the park and viewing all the surprises this park has in store.  Halfway through, the park has food and beverage offerings, which will be especially appreciated by hungry visitors.  ADMISSION: Adults: 8, 00 €  ; Children: 4,00 €. Theodor-Heuss-Anlage 2, 68165 Mannheim

OPENING HOURS WINTER LIGHTS: Sat, 20.01.2018, 6pm - Sun., 25.02.2018
Daily:  Sun. - Thurs. 18 - 21 o'clock (Please note: Closing time is at 20 o'clock)
Fr. & Sa. 18 - 22 o'clock  (Please note: The closing time is at 21 o'clock)

 Winter Lights at Luisenpark

Winter Lights at Luisenpark

Some options for this winter weekend!


A Visit to Sherwood Forest

The historical museum of the Palatinate in Speyer has a wonderful exhibit running until this summer called "Robin Hood".  This exhibit is super kid friendly and encourages children to experience life in the Sherwood Forest with Robin Hood and his merry men with more than 20 hands on exhibits.  They can dress in medieval clothing and follow Robin Hood's footsteps of courage, community and hope that good will always win over evil!  The exhibit allows kids to explore social values in medieval times, life in the forest, and the sport of archery!  Kids have an opportunity in the professional archery facility, complete with medieval atmosphere, to practice their accuracy and concentration skills using sport arches and special arrows.  Museum is open Tues-Sun from 10-6.  Domplatz 4, 67346 Speyer. http://museum.speyer.de/aktuell/robin-hood/


Burn down winter! 


Come out to the annual torch hike in Olsbrücken this Saturday evening.  This hike has been going strong since 1990 and occurs each year on the first Saturday after Ash Wednesday.  The purpose is to send off winter!  It is believed that the larger the fire and hikers, the sooner the good weather will return! 

Meet at the village square at 1600 to purchase a torch for the hike.  The approximately 1 mile hike, about 30 minutes of walking, will lead to a forest hut where you will find a large pile of wood and old Christmas trees, arranged by the Palatinate Forest Club.  This is one of the walking huts, of about 100, that the Forest Club maintains.  Food and beverages will be available at the forest hut.

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Under the supervision of the local Fire Department, children and adults can use their torches to create a large bonfire to bid winter goodbye!  The event officially ends at 9:00 p.m. Village Square Hauptstrasse 56, 67737  Olsbrücken.





Roth Horse Ranch Hosts Girl Scout Day!


Have some fun, earn your badge!

Come out to the Roth Horse Ranch in Neunkirchen for an awesome afternoon and earn your horse riding badge!  This class will teach kids the basics of riding, how to take care of a horse, how to be safe and prepare for a ride, and of course, riding!  The event will run from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 14th and will be held in English.  Siblings and friends are encouraged to also attend and will have the opportunity to learn about these amazing animals and also take a ride.  After the class, Roth Ranch has prepared a BBQ for the kids and adults to enjoy.  This will be an awesome afternoon and a great opportunity to earn a Horse Riding Girl Scout badge.

Fees: 20 Euro per child includes course, badge, certificate, and food. Siblings and friends (riding  & food): 15 Euros. Adults: 5 Euro (includes food).  

To register, contact Roth Horse Ranch at 01578 6396612 or message them on Facebook.  Roth Horse Ranch Steinbacher Berg, 66540 Neunkirchen



Ash Wednesday and a Dip in the City Fountain!


Ash Wednesday is a day that many will spend at home with family and friends, or make their way to Ash Wednesday church services, or possibly sleep off the effects of Karnival festivities.  So, what exactly is Ash Wednesday?  It's a religious observance for penitence or repentance for one's past wrongdoings.   It is the first day of Lent and occurs 46 days before Easter (40 fasting days and 6 Sundays which are not days of fast).  On Ash Wednesday, observers obstain from eating meat and also fast by having one large meal or two small meals for the day.  During the 40 days, Fridays are meatless. 

You may see folks about or kids coming home from school with the ash cross on their forehead.  This ash cross is what Ash Wednesday derives its name from.  It is the practice of blessing ashes made from palm branches blessed on the previous year's Palm Sunday.  These ashes are placed on the forehead with the accompaniment of the words, "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return."  The chapel on Ramstein will have a service as well as the Pfarrkirche in Ramstein-Miesenbach.  Aschermittwoch at 17:00 at Pfarrkirche St. Nikolaus, Landstuhler Str. 10, 66877 Ramstein-Miesenbach


Take your wallet for a swim in the city fountain?

If you are out by the city fountain, you may see a peculiar site.  There is a tradition for members of the 'Geldwaeschergilde' (money launderer guild), from the village of Wolfach in the Black Forest, who wash their wallets in the fountain to mourn the end of carnival season.  Many others in surrounding villages and cities of Southern Germany will wash and dry their wallets, which have been emptied during the days leading up to Ash Wednesday.  You can head over to the Kaiserbrunnen in Ktown and see if the waters will cleanse your wallet and hopefully ensure it's never again empty!






Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Day!

 2018 Ramstein badge 

2018 Ramstein badge 

Fastnachtsumzug in Ramstein

Ramstein is going to have their big parade on Tuesday.  Don't miss the opportunity to head into the community and experience the energy and fun of this day.  The Fastnachtsumzug (parade) will begin at 1400 and last approximately 2 hours.  Most of the streets will be closed off by 12:00, so plan parking accordingly.   The parade will have floats (about 80 of them), marching bands including our very own USAFE Band, and other groups and organizations in crazy costumes!  Come out in costume and bring a small bag as the parade participants tend to throw out candy, flowers, drinks and other treats to spectators. 

The parade will offer badges for sale for € 2.  This is a really awesome souvenir from your Ramstein Fasching experience!  They will be selling them to spectators throughout the event.   When the parade has ended, the party will continue on.  Check out any number of pubs, restaurants, and city center for more fasching festivities. 

Have you met our princess yet or would you like to see the Elferrat?  Or would you like to learn the official Ramstein Karneval song?  Check out the KV "Bruchkatze" Ramstein e. V. website https://kvbruchkatze-ramstein.jimdo.com/ for all the details.  



Tuesday, Feb 13th, is Shrove Tuesday and is the last day before the beginning of Lent.  This day goes by many names such as 'Fat Tuesday', 'Faschingsdienstag',  'Shrove Tuesday', 'Pancake Tuesday', and more.  They all refer to the day before Lent, and your last opportunity to 'eat fat' or indulge before the fasting of Lent begins.  Pancakes are associated with Shrove Tuesday because they were a way to use up rich ingredients such as eggs, milk and sugar before Lenten fasting.  Of course, there is also a fun history associated with "Pancake Tuesday" that comes in the form of a village race.  The original pancake race was held in the Buckinghamshire village of Olney in 1445.  This race was all about ladies in traditional housewife gear (apron, skirt, kerchief) running down the street with a frying pan, flipping some pancakes.  

German pancakes, or pfannkuchen, are a bit different from those made in the USA because they don't use a leavening agent, such as baking powder, so they are large and thin.  They are also eaten not for breakfast, but rather lunch or dinner.  They can be served as both a savory or a sweet dish.  A fun family tradition for Shrove Tuesday is to have a breakfast of pancakes...for dinner!  


Recipe for German Pancakes:


  • 3 eggs
  • 10 Tbsp flour
  • 1 cup milk (or better: roughly ⅘ cup milk + ⅕ cup sparkling water)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 Tbsp sugar (for savory pancakes, add only a pinch of sugar)


  • Mix eggs and liquid
  • Add flour, salt and sugar.  Whisk to make a smooth batter
  • Heat pan and coat the bottom of the pan with a little butter 
  • Put 1/4 cup of batter in the pan and swirl it around so that the batter coats the bottom of the pan
  • Flip pancake once it begins to set.  You want a nice light golden color.
  • Serve warm with powdered sugar, jam, or shredded apples.  For a nice savory pancake, try it with grated cheese.